Andy Campbell, in full Andrew MacKinnon Campbell, has dedicated a large part of his career to the study, performance, and composition of choral, piano, and orchestral music. He has written hundreds of pieces of music, many of which have been performed by Clearlakes Chorale over his twenty-five-year tenure with them.
Andy was exposed to music from a young age and began studying piano and violin as a child, all the while singing in church choirs and writing little ditties that laid the groundwork for his future compositional proclivities. He was privileged to have professional engagements as a singer, pianist, and church organist by high school.
Earning a bachelor's degree in musical composition and theory at the University of Lowell, he focused on choral music. In 1984 created the Huntington Chamber Chorus in Boston with his college roommate, David Deschamps.
In 1985, Andy moved to New Haven Connecticut to attend the Yale School of Music, earning two master’s degrees in choral conducting. While there, Andy received the Phillip Nelson Prize, the Marshall Bartholomew Scholarship, and the Charles Ives Scholarships for excellence in choral conducting and musical entrepreneurship. He also served as assistant conductor for the Yale Glee Club and the Yale Camerata. Andy served as the director of Yale's Battell Chapel Choir which he conducted in a nationally televised CBS Christmas Eve special.
Andy has served for twenty-five years as the artistic director of Clearlakes Chorale, the community chorus of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. He is also the Minister of Music at the First Congregational Church of Wolfeboro. Full-scale orchestral/choral compositions of note in these years include sacred works such as “St. Katharine Drexel Gloria”, “The Child” and operettas such as “Alice in Wonderland” and “Beggars and Thieves”.
Andy’s most recent adventure has been New Day Music, a program bringing choral music to various Continuing Care Retirement Communities. “Voice Your Heart, Train Your Brain” is the motto of his agenda to help seniors regain confidence in singing to boost their emotional and cognitive health.